Egypt’s Long, Bloody Fight Against The Islamic State in Sinai is Going Somewhere

This post is intended as a reply or rebuttal to a Washington Post article by Sudarsan Raghavan. Let me start off by saying I'm not too surprised by the content, it does not mark a departure from what has come before in regards to the Sinai and Egyptian Counter Terror efforts. This is not a… Continue reading Egypt’s Long, Bloody Fight Against The Islamic State in Sinai is Going Somewhere

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Egyptian Rapid Deployment Forces: Independence Essential Speed Optional

To understand the Rapid Deployment Forces one first has to look at Egypt's contemporary military history and its current threat perceptions. Both of these have mandated a certain organisational set up that focuses on internal and local threats. Israel the┬átraditional┬árival to the East, Libya the pariah to the West, and an unpredictable Sudan to the… Continue reading Egyptian Rapid Deployment Forces: Independence Essential Speed Optional

Egyptian Air Force: Repeating Past Mistakes

Since the Peace Accords with Israel the Egyptian Air Force has gone through several changes. What was predominantly a Soviet equipped Air Force suddenly had to realign its procurement policies away from the Soviet Union and towards the West. However it also had to keep several Soviet types such as the MiG - 21 in… Continue reading Egyptian Air Force: Repeating Past Mistakes